[hackerspaces] Element 14 messed up Great Global Hackerspace Challenge

Deitch, Sabrina R sdeitch at newark.com
Thu Aug 25 21:25:38 CEST 2011

As the sponsor of the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge, element14 is impressed with all the amazing work, enthusiasm, and dedication the teams have put into this challenge.  We were, and continue to be, huge supporters of the hackerspace movement and the amazing work created each day.

In reference to the prizes, Suppliers were originally dispatching them  directly and coordinating the paperwork needed for prize distribution.  In response to the ongoing confusion, element14 will now take on that commitment and ensure that each team receive the prizes communicated and we will ship all the outstanding items to each team.  I am taking on this project directly and sending out emails today to each contact with details of the prizes and timing around shipping.  Due to various electrical requirements in each country and inventory on hand, the delivery times may vary.

element14 is committed to supporting the Hackerspace community and delivering the tools that will continue to allow each space to inspire, create, and  continue to make today, what can inspire others tomorrow.  Thanks for being a part of the Great Global Hackerspace challenge. If you have any questions, concerns or do not receive an email from me as a participating team within the next 24 hours, please don't hesitate to reach out and contact me directly at sdeitch at newark.com.

Sabrina Deitch
Sr. Brand Marketing Manager
sdeitch at newark.com

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces+sdeitch=newark.com at lists.hackerspaces.org [mailto:discuss-bounces+sdeitch=newark.com at lists.hackerspaces.org] On Behalf Of Deitch, Sabrina R
Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 5:30 PM
To: discuss at lists.hackerspaces.org
Subject: Re: [hackerspaces] Element 14 messed up Great Global HackerspaceChallenge (fwd)

Hi- We really appreciate all the amazing and hard work the teams did for
the Great Global Hackerspace challenge.  element14 is working hard to
get each and every hackerspace the prizes they have been promised.  I
have asked for a list of each team and what they have received and what
would be missing.  Each supplier that donated prizes has been sending
them directly- so if I can get a clear understanding of who is missing
what- I am happy to take care of it.  For each of the participating
teams, please don't hesitate to contact me directly and let me know what
prizes you are still waiting to receive.  

Appreciate your patience as we get this all resolved.

Sabrina Deitch
Sr. Brand Marketing Manager
Newark /element14
sdeitch at newark.com

On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 3:55 PM, Jerry Isdale <isdale at gmail.com> wrote:

> Well it looks like closing of one sad act in Hackerspace challenges.
> The Great Global Hackerspace Challenge was judged back in May, yet 
> most spaces that participated, including winners, have yet to receive 
> most of the promised rewards. The $$, 5' of solder wick and Lead 
> Cutter came thru (for most spaces), almost all the other 'rewards' are

> still AWOL. Some spaces have reported receiving a soldering station. 
> The Eagle CAD folks seem to be inching closer to getting license(s) to

> participants (thanks  Psy Tek and Ed). but just about every thing else
seems to be BS.
> Today, AgentSilverFox, the company who tried to manage the event, are 
> severing relations with Element 14 - except through lawyers.
> It is really sad that Element 14 has chosen to screw us over. In the 
> process they have screwed up the potential for future sponsors. How 
> many spaces are going to be willing to participate if the sponsors are

> going to take the publicity and run?
> I feel sorry for Mitch Altman, who lent his good name, face and 
> promotional talents to the event.
> I, for one, will no longer be watching anything from Ben Heck, Jeri 
> Ellsworth or other 'hackers' who remain associated with Element 14.  
> Sorry folks but you are tainted by continued association.
> Jerry Isdale
> http://MauiMakers.com
> Begin forwarded message:
> *From: *Mark Sanders <mark.sanders at agentsilverfox.com>
> *Date: *August 24, 2011 10:14:48 AM HST
> *To: *hackerspacechallenge at agentsilverfox.com
> *Subject: **[GGHC] Closing the Great Global Hackerspace Challenge*
> *Reply-To: *hackerspacechallenge at agentsilverfox.com
> Hi there,
> I've been putting off sending this email. We haven't been able to 
> secure the products from our client element14 that were promised to 
> you. Silverfox, the company that organized the Great Global 
> Hackerspace Competition, will no longer be working with element14. The

> nature of the business relationship and the contracts between our two 
> companies have not been respected and we have no choice but to part 
> ways. I won't go into detail but our legal council has advised us that
we are obliged to shut down this mailing list.
> Even at this late stage I honestly thought that we could find a way to

> make good on this situation but unfortunately the practicalities 
> didn't allow it. You all worked tremendously hard and your enthusiasm 
> for this project was truly outstanding. We are personally working on 
> alternate arrangements to provide the products that were committed to 
> you. We can't make any immediate commitments but I look forward to 
> following up with you all when we have a solution in place.
> My direct email is mark.sanders at agentsilverfox.com.
> Our client at element14 is Sabrina Deitch,
> Sr. Brand Marketing Manager****
> Newark & element14****
> sdeitch at newark.com,
> T: 773 907 5616
> MARK SANDERS | SILVERFOX | o 415.701.1701  c:408.728.4674
> twitter.com/agentsilverfox
> facebook.com/culturewins
> culturewins.com
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